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Incomes Continue To Rise, But Texans Of Color Still Seeing A Gap

Sep 14, 2017
Justyna Furmanczyk

Texas experienced modest economic improvement in 2016, according to new census estimates. But income inequality remains pervasive in the state.

By ALEXA URA AND ANNIE DANIEL

On the economic front, 2016 was a year of modest improvements for Texas residents. Incomes continued to creep up. Overall poverty slightly dipped. The share of poor children in some areas of the state with the highest rates of child poverty dropped.

Nationally, the United States is aging, but recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed five states bucked the trend.  They are: Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Alaska.  The report also noted half of children under the age of five are minorities, Asians are the fastest growing minority or ethnic group, and four states, including Texas, are, "majority-minority."  You can read the recent article from the Kansas Institute of Health here.